As of 2009, the GTA was home to over 65,000 Jewish youth between the ages of 0 and 24. The Jewish Youth Network was founded to give every Jewish teen a home away from home – a space in which they could explore themselves and their Jewish identity in a positive and structured environment before heading off to University. Starting with just a handful of teens in 2007 and having grown our programs to accommodate hundreds today, we believe that mission has been a success.
But, of course, that success is limited.
While the latest statistics and polls highlight the importance of Jewish education, the day-to-day operations of an organization like JYN are hard to carry out. Instead of investing our energies in making ends meet, we want to focus on ensuring the Jewish tomorrow. Our goal is to partner with philanthropists who share our vision and are willing to invest in the future growth and engagement capacity of the Jewish Youth Network.
We promise to work day and night and overturn every stone that no youth are left behind.
The writing on the wall is clear. If we don’t step up to the plate now, tomorrow’s synagogue trustees, Jewish day schools, and the other standard-bearers of Jewish life will suffer the consequences. Engaging Jewish youth today is imperative for ensuring the Jewish tomorrow.
We have a prepared a 36 year plan which we would love to share with you. A plan that will help us expand our reach, scope, vision and infrastructure to support future growth. In it, we outline projects, programs, and their associated costs as well as anticipated impact over the next 36 years. At present, JYN’s platform only extends as far as the Greater Toronto Area. In the future, however, we would like to see this format being applied in Jewish communities in every major metropolitan area. Please – join in.